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    Default IBM Quietly Starts to Make Chips for AMD.

    Advanced Micro Devices has disclosed at an analyst event that it had begun manufacturing of its chips at IBM's facilities. The partnership is believed to ensure AMD's ability to supply its next-generation A-series Fusion chips code-named "Trinity" to PC makers and be in position to compete against Intel Corp.'s Core i-series future products.
    "We win together, we have partnership in good times and in difficult times. What we are seeing is a focus on execution running test chips through the [production] line to gather the data [...] with partners from IBM and Globalfoundries," said Rory Read, chief executive officer of AMD.
    Officially, AMD produces its central processing unit (CPUs) exclusively at Globalfoundries (GF), a contract manufacturer of semiconductors controlled by an Abu Dhabi-based financial organization called ATIC and AMD. The chip designer complained throughout 2011 about low production yield at Globalfoundries and even signed an agreement under which it paid GF on per working chips basis, not on per wafer basis.



    Production of chips at IBM facilities means a number of things, the most important of which is increased ability to compete in terms of volume with Intel. While Intel runs more than five leading-edge semiconductor making fabs across the world and those facilities by definition can produce times more chips than IBM and GF combined, it is clear that added manufacturing capacity will be good for AMD.
    For a number of times AMD noted about better availability of Trinity APU compared without elaboration. Apparently, better availability is conditioned by adding a new manufacturing facility as well as improved design of the chip itself.
    According to performance benchmarks conducted by AMD, the Trinity 35W APU with Piledriver-class x86 cores will provide 25% better x86 performance compared to Llano 35W (with K10.5+ "Husky" x86 cores) based on results obtained in PC Mark Vantage Productivity benchmark. AMD also claims that Trinity 35W will offer up to 50% better result in 3D Mark Vantage performance benchmark compared to Llano 35W.
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/other/d...s_for_AMD.html

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    Default Re: IBM Quietly Starts to Make Chips for AMD.

    I read that, And might really put a hurting on the GPU side of it as to Nvidia.

    Later

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    Default Re: IBM Quietly Starts to Make Chips for AMD.

    Smart move IMO

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    Default Re: IBM Quietly Starts to Make Chips for AMD.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    Smart move IMO
    I agree,...a quad core APU with a 7000 series GPU built into it will be a formidable combination if it can still crossfire with a discrete card. It will be compelling.
    Hopefully they'll keep the prices down like current APU's are.

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    Default Re: IBM Quietly Starts to Make Chips for AMD.

    They will not run into production problems but I think they have something up their sleeve. just sayin

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    Default Re: IBM Quietly Starts to Make Chips for AMD.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    They will not run into production problems but I think they have something up their sleeve. just sayin
    Better Yields to start with.

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    Default Re: IBM Quietly Starts to Make Chips for AMD.

    Quote Originally Posted by realneil View Post
    I agree,...a quad core APU with a 7000 series GPU built into it will be a formidable combination if it can still crossfire with a discrete card. It will be compelling.
    Hopefully they'll keep the prices down like current APU's are.
    Compelling indeed. Any idea when they will be available? Could be worth waiting for.
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    Default Re: IBM Quietly Starts to Make Chips for AMD.

    Quote Originally Posted by SamCR3 View Post
    Compelling indeed. Any idea when they will be available? Could be worth waiting for.
    No, none at all, but I'm in a position to wait. I have the 980 Phenom, the 2600K, and an i7-870.
    (and the APU I have)

    So I'm good.

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